A 15 year old's capacity to consent - case study

Supporting information

  • You’re a GP.
  • Your patient is Kelly, who is 15 years old. 
  • Kelly has symptoms of cystitis and a dip stick urine test suggests a urine infection.
  • You decide that treatment with an antibiotic is required. 
  • Kelly has also told you that she is having sex with her 17-year-old boyfriend. 
  • She asks you if she can go on the pill.